COLLEGE STATION — Brownwood native Nick Harrison, who works for the Texas A&M Forest Service as firewise coordinator, has received the 2015 USDA Forest Service Robert E. Browning Jr. Award for his efforts in wildfire prevention.

The award is in memory of Browning, a southern wildland firefighter who died battling the South Canyon Fire in Colorado in 1994. The award goes to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in the 13-state Southern Region that spans from Virginia to Texas.

As one of the three leading natural disaster states — along with California and Florida — it is important that Texas homeowners and fire departments are well informed of how to reduce wildfire-causing hazards. Harrison uses the Ready, Set, Go! program to provide educational materials and opportunities for homeowners that can amplify the preparedness of communities.

“Nick works diligently in coordinating all of the TFS RSG! programs. His dedication and leadership has led to national recognition for how we utilize the program across the state,” said Mitigation and Prevention Department Head Bruce Woods.

The RSG! Program develops and improves communication between fire departments and communities. The Texas program is routinely used by 500 fire departments across the state and is frequently used by TFS.

Harrison, who lives in Benbrook, has actively worked in coordinating RSG! videos filmed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Texas.

Harrison said he is honored to receive the award, which he described as a highlight of his career. He said he’s thankful for the opportunities through the Texas A&M Forest Service to promote and deliver the Ready, Set, Go! Program at  local, state and national levels.

Harrison spearheaded the agency's efforts to sign up more than 500 Texas fire departments, and the state maintains five of the top 15 national RSG! fire departments.